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President at War Receives Peace Prize

Three days before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama spoke at the National Counterterrorism Center, talking about our efforts towards ”inflicting major losses on al-Qaeda,” pledging to “target al-Qaeda wherever they take root,” explaining how the work includes “destroying their network,” and so on.

Note, I agree with just about everything in Obama’s speech at NCTC. But it’s rather interesting that a president at war, who will remain at war, and who pledges to fight that war effectively, is being given an award that, according to Alfred Nobel’s will, should go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Look, if you want peace, be ready to fight and win a war. But this award wasn’t given to Obama for his efforts to protect the innocent from bloodthirsty terrorists; I strongly suspect the Nobel committee was trying to make it harder for Obama to escalate in Afghanistan.

Can we spot the incongruency in the potential news item, “The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize authorized the deployment of 40,000 more American troops in an effort to secure Afghanistan territory and beat back Taliban offensives”?

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